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Du Toit sets the pace in the 50m EAD freestyle


Natalie Du Toit of South Africa headed the qualifiers for the womenís 50m freestyle multi-disability event.

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The Commonwealth Games is the first time a competition for Elite Athletes with a Disability (EAD) has been fully integrated into a major Games.

Du Toit, who is also entered for the Womenís 800m freestyle, was followed home by Stephanie Dixon and Danielle Camp, both of Canada.

Du Toit said: ďIt was a good swim. Itís nice to go out trying your best. The Commonwealth Games integration is great although I havenít decided on my future in disability swimming just yet as itís a big decision.Ē

The biggest cheer of the race was reserved for Jacqueline Khadun of Mauritius, a 59-year-old who suffered from polio as a child, who finished last and failed to qualify.

"It was a good morning swim. Hopefully I can push on towards my world record in the final.Ē She said.


Natalie de Toit (RSA) 29.53 (WR)
Danielle Campo (CAN) 35.92 (CR)
Dianna Lay (AUS) 31.80
Lara Ferguson (SCO) 32.75
Kate Bailey (AUS) 33.13
Karolina Pelenditrou (CYP) 29.93

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